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Old 10-14-2009, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Possibly replacing OEM stereo and speakers!

I'm thinking about changing out my stock Blaupunkt stereo and speakers. Anyone here ever change them out and if so what did you replace it with? Will just changing out the speakers make the tin can sound go away. Not sure if it's the stereo or the speakers. All I know is that I need some better sound.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There are so many posts. I can only speak of my experience. I replaced the head unit added an amp, subwoofer and replaced all of the speakers. So much better. I am still not 100% but so much better.

IMHO: You could just replace the head unit and speakers and get a improvement. But if you want to get rid of the lack of dynamics you will need at least an amp.

I am in Tampa be glad to show you what I did.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Custom audio upgrades for Lotus

Hi Florida Rob,
Please check out our website to see what our custom audio upgrades are all about. You will not be dissapointed.

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I'm thinking about changing out my stock Blaupunkt stereo and speakers. Anyone here ever change them out and if so what did you replace it with? Will just changing out the speakers make the tin can sound go away. Not sure if it's the stereo or the speakers. All I know is that I need some better sound.
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They have Stereos ????????
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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We offer complete custom built audio systems

We sure do. Here is a bill of material for our basic system. We also offer systems that include; DVD, navigation and a back-up camera.

Our systems are custom because of our custom built sub box that is designed to fit into the back panel along with our custom tuning programs for each system we produce. (Sub box and front and rear speaker rings are color match painted to you car)

The sub box is designed to match JL's required sound resonating space specifications in order to get every ounce of power from the speaker.

It also allows you to put your seat all the way back and does not take up passenger foot space or give chance to the sub speaker being kicked.

We also install the amp in the trunk on a custom built and anodized bracket.

Our objective is to supply only the very best tuned system available.


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Alpine 9886 HU
C2-400X Front JL Speakers
C2-600X Rear JL Speakers
Monster 202LN 6 Meter Signal Cables - 2-channel
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18AWG Sub Wire
16AWG Speaker Wire
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Grommits
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JL 4AWG Power Wire (amplifier wire)
Mini ANL Fuse Holder Monster With 70A Fuse
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Alpine PXA-H100 Audio Processor
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I'm thinking about changing out my stock Blaupunkt stereo and speakers. Anyone here ever change them out and if so what did you replace it with? Will just changing out the speakers make the tin can sound go away. Not sure if it's the stereo or the speakers. All I know is that I need some better sound.
If you want it to sound good, get a subwoofer. I replaced my speakers with Polk DB ones, but the sub far and away made the biggest difference.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info and the links to the other threads! I am going to go with the JL C2-400 and 600's for front and rear speakers. I will try that first and then I will see if I need to replace the deck. If so, I will probably do the Alpine since I have an Alpine in both of my other cars and they sound great.
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How much does this system package cost?
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Keep your head unit. It's perfect!
I improved the sound removing all of the original speakers and installing a 2-way system directely in the dashboard and a subwoofer in the passengers foot space. since the box is very small it doesnt decrease the space there too much.
I also bought a microphone for the self adjusting equalizer of the Blaupunkt Woodstock (works great!!!).
For the "correct" power I installed an amp in the trunk.

Front Speakers: ETON PRO 140 (who needs rear speakers???)
Sub: ETON 8-720 HEX (in 7L closed box)
Microphone: Blaupunkt # 760 700 151 1001 (ebay?)

I'll try to post some photos later...
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Photos....

Ok, so I finally reduced the size of the pics and can show you what I installed...
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Ok, so I finally reduced the size of the pics and can show you what I installed...
The Federal cars have a completely different dash board compared to the European cars. There are many posts on here which explain fairly simple drop-in solutions for speakers to fit into the Federal dash. No need to whack and hack...

I personally never use the radio anyways. For me a little storage tray would be much more useful (and lighter) than the radio....

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My stereo is horrible with the roof off driving at highway speeds.
Its not the stereo, it is the noise.
I had the same problem with my MG, the wind noise is just too loud for the stereo.
I solved the problem in the MG but putting bigger speakers in the doors and adding 6x9 speakers in the back and added a small amp.
In the Lotus, I added larger speakers speakers in the front and better speakers in the rear, and it helped only a little bit. I think a sub or amp would make a big difference, but I dont really listen to the radio enough to bother adding them.
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I'm thinking about changing out my stock Blaupunkt stereo and speakers. Anyone here ever change them out and if so what did you replace it with? Will just changing out the speakers make the tin can sound go away. Not sure if it's the stereo or the speakers. All I know is that I need some better sound.
Hey Rob - you are welcome to stop by and take a listen to mine. It is the 07 Alpine deck, but I just did the Jim Clayton rings with JL's in the dash and it made a huge difference. It is not as good as my 4Runner (14 speakers all JL) but it is ok.
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Hey Rob - you are welcome to stop by and take a listen to mine. It is the 07 Alpine deck, but I just did the Jim Clayton rings with JL's in the dash and it made a huge difference. It is not as good as my 4Runner (14 speakers all JL) but it is ok.
Sounds like a plan. I've wanted to meet up with some other local Lotus owners anyway. I did change out the speakers and they sound much better but there is more room for improvement.
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Sounds like a plan. I've wanted to meet up with some other local Lotus owners anyway. I did change out the speakers and they sound much better but there is more room for improvement.
Sure man anytime - I'll be around most of the weekend.
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